2024 Class Board Election Results

Here are the results of the election of Harbor 20 Class directors that concluded in January. Class owner-members voted for the following directors:

1Peter Haynes   Newport Beach
1Ed Kimball   Newport Beach
1Gary Thorne   (President)   Newport Beach
1Kari Bretschger   Newport Beach
1Bob Yates    (Measurer)   Newport Beach
3Joe Highsmith   Hilton Head
3Eric Norman    (Assistant Measurer)   Hilton Head
4Lee Cushman   Santa Barbara
4Richard Miller   Santa Barbara
5Marino di Marzo  Annapolis
5Bill Chapman   (Treasurer)  Annapolis
7Richard Brown    Smith Mountain Lake, VA
8Michelle Wood  Eugene, OR
9Grant Williams  Mission Bay, CA

Class Bylaws Updated

The class board of directors is working to keep our boats one-design with fair competition for all sailors.  We are making a series of bylaw updates to specify the Harbor 20 more precisely.  The latest updates include specs for:

  • Keel bulb (bylaw III.B.2.f)
  • Rudder (bylaw III.B.2.g)
  • Mast and boom (bylaws III.B.2.i/j)
  • Mast rake (bylaw III.B.2.n) [Note: Fleet 5 has set a limit on rake, but other fleets haven’t yet.]

These updates are NOT intended to put any existing unmodified boat out of compliance. Their purpose is to ensure that modifications to boats maintain the one-design character of the Harbor 20.

For the updated Class Bylaws click here.

2023 Class Board Election Results

Here are the results of the election of Harbor 20 Class directors that concluded in January. Class owner-members voted for the following directors:

11Peter HaynesNewport Beach
21Ed KimballNewport Beach
31Gary Thorne(President) Newport Beach
41Anne Wiese(Treasurer) Newport Beach
51Bob Yates(Measurer) Newport Beach
63Joe HighsmithHilton Head
73Eric Norman(Assistant Measurer) Hilton Head
84Lee CushmanSanta Barbara
94Richard MillerSanta Barbara
105Marino di MarzoAnnapolis
115Bill ChapmanAnnapolis
127Richard BrownSmith Mountain Lake, VA

H20 Midwinter Regatta – Port Charlotte, FL, February 3-5, 2023

Hello H20 racers:

Fleet 6 is inviting all Harbor 20 sailors to enter a Harbor 20 mid-winter regatta over 3 days in Port Charlotte, FL Feb 3,4,5 2023.  The event will be organized by the Charlotte Harbor Regatta Inc, whose annual event’s proceeds support the local community youth sailing programs.  A few local charter boats may be available.  We have an excellent RC, protected waters and beautiful warm weather.  

To get an idea of how many will be able to attend, especially from out-of-town, please REPLY NOW to Rob Sisk, H20 Fleet 6 Captain, and let us know if you are interested in attending.  An official NOR and registration link will come out shortly.

Best regards,

Rob Sisk, Fleet 6 Captain


H20 National Class Championship Starts This Week

Twenty-five Harbor 20s from six fleets coast-to-coast will battle it out for the class championship in Annapolis this coming week.  They’ll sail 10 races from Friday through Sunday on Chesapeake Bay, and swap stories at the Friday dinner and other social events at Annapolis YC.

The dinner isn’t the only chance for sailors to get to know each other.  Annapolis Fleet 5 members are hosting all the out-of-state sailors who wanted to stay in homes, and some Fleet 5 members will be crewing for out-of-staters.  Competitors will also get to mingle in the AYC boatyard, as all boats in the regatta will be brought to the club, hauled out and stored there each night.

Racing starts each day at 11am Eastern. Click here to see the event page including results as they are posted.

Phil Ramser

Phil Ramser, one of the founders of the Harbor 20 Class, passed away peacefully on June 18th. He was surrounded by family – his wife, children, grandchildren and great grandchildren. Phil was instrumental in establishment the Harbor 20 Class at Newport Harbor Yacht Club and ultimately across the country. Phil had a successful sailing career spanning over 75 years. He will be sorely missed. We all remember his kindness and generosity and his warm salutation “Sea ya!” As information becomes available about services, we will let you know.

Harbor 20 Class Election Results

Here are the results of the election of Harbor 20 Class directors that was held in January.  Class owner-members voted for the following directors:

Fleet 2022 Directors

1 Warren Duncan   Newport Beach

1 Peter Haynes   Newport Beach

1 Ed Kimball   Newport Beach

1 Gary Thorne (President)   Newport Beach

1 Anne Wiese (Treasurer)   Newport Beach

1 Bob Yates (Measurer)   Newport Beach

3 Joe Highsmith   Hilton Head

3 Eric Norman (Assistant Measurer)   Hilton Head

4 Lee Cushman   Santa Barbara

4 Richard Miller  Santa Barbara

5 Tim Adelman  Annapolis

5 Bell Carty  Annapolis

5 Patrick Shannon (Past President)  Annapolis

7 Richard Brown   Smith Mountain Lake, VA

2022 H20 National Class Championship

Attention H20 Class Members!

After two years of COVID derailments, Fleet 5 in Annapolis is excited to announce that the 2022 Harbor 20 Nationals will be held at Annapolis Yacht Club from September 8-11, 2022. Grab that new calendar, open your mobile device, grab your pencil, and start your planning to come to Crabtown for fantastic racing, camaraderie, and social activities for an extended weekend of amazing activities.  Details are being developed and coordinated with the Board and Fleet leaders as we write. We will publish more information later in February along with the Notice of Race shortly thereafter. The plans include a practice day on Thursday, September 8th, and three days of championship racing on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday.

Need a little more enticement to come to NAPTOWN? Download an Annapolis Visitors Guide here:  www.visitannapolis.org/plan/visitor-guide

We look forward to seeing you!


Margaret Podlich and Patrick Shannon 

2022 Harbor 20 Nationals Co-chairs 

Notice to Members

Posted on behalf of Class President Patrick Shannon.

Fellow Association Members:

As we close out 2019, the Board wants to express our appreciation to all Association members for your unwavering support on and off the water this past year. We had incredible participation at the Fleet level all across the country and at our two annual, national events (Nationals in Newport Beach and East-West in Hilton Head). Bravo Zulu all!

For 2020, we are implementing improvements to the Association’s organizational structure to include an easier, on-line voting process for Directors and transitioning from an unincorporated association to a mutual benefit non-profit corporation. As part of this transition process, the nominations for and election of new Directors will be held in early 2020 versus in December 2019. We continue our focus on achieving a reliable and cost-effective source of supply for boat parts to allow you to continue to sail without any significant down time when you need repairs. Our outside counsel (Blank Rome) continues to protect and defend the Association’s interests in the litigation initiated by W.D. Schock against the Association and the companies with which they contracted to build boats.

We look forward another great year of sailing, racing, learning, and friendship. Our Class exemplifies the very best of Corinthian sailing and your Board and Officers are committed to making sure that the Class continues to grow and thrive for many decades ahead.


Patrick J. Shannon

Class President and Director

Harbor 20 Class Association

H20 CLASS CHAMPIONSHIP – Registration fee INCREASES after Monday, February 18

Harbor 20 Sailors,

Tomorrow is the last day to register for the 2019 Harbor 20 Class Championships without incurring a late registration fee. This is an event you do not want to miss as it is unlike any Harbor 20 regatta to date. The regatta will include 3 days of exciting racing with a format that includes a flight selection series followed by a two-day championship series. To complement this racing schedule, Newport Harbor Yacht Club will host 4 days of social events, including a Thursday Welcome Reception, and a Saturday dinner with live music in their beautiful new clubhouse. Regatta information can be found on the Notice Board here.

This is the first Class-wide Championship Regatta that that will rotate annually among the Harbor 20 Fleets across the country; the 2020 Class Championships is set to be hosted by Fleet 5 in Annapolis, Maryland.

We have 25 entries to date and expect as many as 40 boats racing. An accurate count of entries is critical to establish the seeding for the qualifying series, and your early entry is very much appreciated. Entry can be made by filling out the entry form no later than February 18th (tomorrow) to avoid the $40 late fee.

If you have any questions, including entry eligibility requirements, please contact Event Chair John Whitney and/or NHYC Race Director Laurel Dinwiddie.


John Whitney, Event Chairman

(949) 945-8389



Laurel Dinwiddie, NHYC Race Director

(949) 723-6870


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